It’s impossible to gauge the lasting impact of Alex Burrows’s overtime marker right now, especially since the Canucks will kick off a second round series with the Nashville Predators less than 48 hours afterwards. There’s really no time for dwelling on the past, even the ridiculously recent past, when the present holds so much portent. That said, the NHL’s latest in the excellent History Will Be Made series seems like a good time to just take a moment.

Is this the biggest goal in Vancouver Canucks history?

I’m saying yes, but I’ll admit, in advance, that I’m biased. I was 9 years old in 1994. I couldn’t possibly compare Pavel Bure’s goal versus Calgary or Greg Adams’ goal versus Toronto, because I didn’t understand the stories surrounding those goals like I understood everything about what Burrows accomplished last night. Overtime in game seven. The three-year rivalry with Chicago. The 40th Anniversary Presidents’ Trophy season on the brink. The spectre of the Olympic gold medal game hanging over our heads. The anxiety of a desperate fanbase.

From where I’m standing, this goal bumps every other tally in the Canucks’ 40-year history back by one. But that’s just me. How about you?

16 comments

  1. chicken chick
    April 27, 2011

    The Empty Nest Is Full Again

    The nest is not so crowded now:
    Street magician and master mime
    Toulouse Toucan took Mrs.Teal
    And flew on back to Anaheim;

    Chicken Hawk needing time alone
    Has departed with his violin,
    To create a repertoire
    From all the works of Irv Berlin.

    But “Don’t Know” Jack is still around,
    And “Sunshine” Clay is with us too.
    While still too young to fly away,
    He’s wanting rhymes for his high coo.

    There’s also Jenny Wren and I,
    And C. Gull’s just flew in today.
    I’ve not seen him since ninety-four,
    From Nashville he has come to stay.

    He watched the Preds defeat the Ducks;
    He won’t be cheering for the Nucks.

    ….

    And now Olde Coot just wandered in.
    Another fan of bathtub gin.
    He likes to perch with Whisky Jack
    Upon the porch we have out back.

    They ramble on of playoffs past,
    How teams today would never last
    Against this city’s Millionaires,
    Who did as most are unawares:

    Win Stanley’s cup back in fifteen.
    A cyclonic scoring machine,
    They swept the Sens from Ottawa
    In three straight games my mother saw.

    The Olde Coot claims he saw them too,
    Then asks friend Jack to pass the brew.

    Chicken Chick

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  2. John
    April 27, 2011

    Honestly, I can’t decide between this goal and the Bure goal. The rivalry with Calgary was as intense back in ’94 as the current rivalry with Chicago. And Vancouver was down 3-1 in the series to come back and win it. It was a massive goal for so many reasons, especially with the heartbreak of 1989 is relatively recent memory at the time. This is really riding the fence, but can I go with a tie?

    Okay, gun to the head? First is Bure, second is Burrows. I may change my mind as soon as I hit ‘submit’ though.

    Either way, we seem to need draft more players whose last name starts with “Bur”.

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  3. Erik
    April 27, 2011

    Like John, I’m also on the fence here, but it’s a defining goal, and a defining moment, no doubt about it. I see it as the progression into a new generation, hopefully.

    I will say this, though, I thought the call on the Bure goal was better. That “Pavel Bure, has won it in overtime!” is just etched in my memory in a way that I don’t think the call on Burrows’ goal will be. That said, I could watch both goals all the day long.

    Is Burrows’ goal the defining goal of the Vancouver Canucks? Quite possibly, definitely top-3. Burrows has just become a Canucks folk hero in his own right. May he retire a Canuck.

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  4. Melissa W.
    April 27, 2011

    I would say no. First off, the Canucks maybe eliminated in the second round and the goal would have little impact in the course of Canucks history. Secondly, the goals by Bure and Adams have stood the test of time and are well known in Canucks lore, especially by those that can remember the impact.

    Based on my memory, I would have to say that the goal by Adams was probably the best goal in Canucks playoff overtime history, as it had a direct impact on going to the Stanley Cup finals. Was it the prettiest, no; that would have to belong to the one by Bure in Round 1. Alex’s goal is probably in the top three in terms of its importance, but time will tell.

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  5. Onymous
    April 27, 2011

    Bure’s and Adams’ goals were part of something much bigger than this is right now. This goals place in Canucks lore will be defined by how deep into the playoffs they go. That being said – today, and until at least four games from now – this is THE goal.

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  6. Human Cannonball
    April 28, 2011

    Kyprios might not have been so far off the mark after all when he said, “We got Burrows, lookin’ like Bure.”

    What else in “How The West Was One” will turn out to be prophetic? Pekka Rinne in a harrowing sex scandal? Raffi Torres on the missing persons list? I can’t wait for the game tomorrow.

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  7. DavidRThomson
    April 28, 2011

    Hands down it is this goal cuz Bure’s goal didn’t take us anywhere…yeah we got to finals but didn’t win…this was Game 7 in OT (not sure if Bure’s goal was in OT…haven’t seen much, just from commercials and stuff) but I mean you could not have written this!! Toews ties it up and the game goes to “next goal wins” and Burrows scores a landmark goal for this franchise, capping the Canucks victory in the 1st round and ultimately eliminating the Chicago Blackhawks A.K.A the demons that we haunting the Canucks. Kyprios didn’t compare Burrows to Bure for nothing…he knew Burrows would do sometime amazing and that he did! This is the moment. History will be made.

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    • TheWellwoods
      April 28, 2011

      Bure’s goal was in TRIPLE overtime in Game 7, after the Canucks had won two previous overtime games to erase a 3-1 series deficit. If you admit that you don’t know the context of one of the goals then why are you comparing them?

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  8. Gamblor
    April 28, 2011

    Judging from the chills and crushing wave of emotion I just got while watching that I would say Burrows wins.

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  9. Chinstrap Joe
    April 28, 2011

    I agree with the previous comments in that the impact of Burrows goal will be justified by how deep the Canucks go in the playoffs.

    So many parts of the 94 playoff run are etched in my mind. My daughter was born between games 2 and 3 of the finals with the Rangers. Me and about 10 other new dads were watching the game in the waiting room (with our new babies – with whom we were all supposed to be bonding). A nurse came in and busted the whole group and sent us back to our individual rooms.

    No Bure goal – no funny baby hockey memory. Let’s hope the Canucks donlt squander Burrow’s momentary greatness…

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    • Nigel
      April 28, 2011

      That’s awesome story… I hope I have a better ending to tell my boys this time around. GO CANUCKS GO!!!

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  10. Nigel
    April 28, 2011

    For now I have say Bure’s goal. Afterall this is just first round. Burrow’s goal wouldn’t mean much if we ended up losing in 2nd round. Besides, while Burrow’s goal is a very nice goal, it came from a broken play (Alex gloving down a clearing attempt) while Bure’s goal came from an insane pass from Jeff Brown, and then an insane fore-hand deke from Bure. Mind you, this is from a era that still has the stupid 2-line offside (if you don’t know what it is please look it up) So the play itself would be an incredible play without the context. To this day I still remember the details of the game – McLean making that insane sliding pad save, and then Bure’s goal… And the whole series… the Canucks were down 3-1 in games and winning 3 OT’s in a row to win??? Think about this, I almost got a heart attack when Burrow scored in OT, and can you imagine 3 games in a row???

    So for me Bure’s goal for sure. But Burrow’s goal is definitely the biggest one in the last 10 years.

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  11. Wisp
    April 28, 2011

    Here’s the thing: Bure’s goal Was followed by a deep cup run.

    I would Say the importance and greatness of the goal will reveal itself in the coming weeks.

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  12. new guy
    April 28, 2011

    The difference: the other goals were for big wins- Burrows’ goal avoided what would undoubtedly be the biggest loss in franchise history. So they’re apples and oranges.

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  13. VanStanley
    April 28, 2011

    It is like this. IF they go to the promised land and win, then Burrs goal will go down as EPIC.

    BUT, if there is no promised land victory, the 94 run will be the defining moment of the team. After all we gave it to Dallas and beat Toronto in the subsequent rounds.

    Coming back from a 3-1 deficit is far more memorable than winning in game 7 in OT in a series that should have been a sweep.

    Why it is looked at as a big super deal is because we have been stymied by the Hawks for the past few years. It is almost two generations since the 94 run and two generations of fans who have witnessed absolutely nothing. Myself am young enough to be too young to remember the terrible 1980′s. I still cannot fathom how 1982 is celebrated like it is, when it was followed by what is looked at as a statistically awful franchise.

    If the Vancouver Canucks do not win the Stanley Cup, the past season will be an absolute complete failure and waste of my time watching it. They have the talent and the work ethic, they showed glimpses and that is what I will remember the most about this past game 7 OT winner.

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  14. TheWellwoods
    April 28, 2011

    I was 8 years old in 1994, and those were the first NHL playoffs that I remember understanding or following. But despite my still-nubile hockey sense, when Bure scored on that breakaway in triple overtime, that was likely the moment that secured me as a Canucks fan for life.

    I would, however, put the Burrows goal on par with “GREG ADAMS!! GREG ADAMS!!” Even though it was only Game 5, the 2OT Adams goal is iconic because it sent us to the finals. I think the true historical value of the Burrows goal still hinges on the outcome of this Canucks playoff run.

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